Coping With Your Anxiety About Covid-19

Life changed so suddenly and unexpectedly for many people. These changes could be scary and throw us into panic and thinking the worst. It also might trigger and worsen the anxiety that you already had. On top of that – work from home, children are at home, fear of income loss or shortage, and a continuous barrage of information from the media.

You need coping skills!

Let me share with you some strategies that you can use to help yourself.

  1. Distraction

The more you think about the scary things, the scarier they are. You find yourself scrolling news continuously. If this describes what you do, distraction might be an excellent coping skill for you. First, take a moment to notice your anxiety behind your behavior. Next, take a break. Some things you may use to distract yourself can include a cup of tea, a book, and a nice movie. Allow yourself to play with your kids. Take a moment to prepare a meal. Get creative with it. Focus on staying in the here and now. Concentrate on it.

  1. Grounding

One useful grounding technique is 5-4-3-2-1. First, notice 5 things that you can see. Next, notice 4 things that you can hear. Notice 3 things that you can touch. And 2 things that you can smell. Finally, notice 1 thing that you can taste.

This technique can help you to use your 5 senses to bring yourself to the here and now.

  1. Thought challenge

Time to pay attention and notice your thoughts. Take a minute to slow down. Listen to your mind: what does it tell you? What statements throw you into anxiety? Is it something like: What if the worst will happen? Find and notice your thoughts. Write them down. Next, challenge your thoughts. What can you tell yourself instead? If you replace your thoughts with different statements, how will you feel?

  1. Self-love

Some things to tell yourself can include: I got this; I always can support myself. I love myself. I have resources.

What are some other things you can use to show yourself your love? Take a bath. Allow yourself to smile. Make yourself a cup of tea. Use the time that you have to do something nice for yourself.

  1. Reach out for help

The help is there and available if you need it. Talk to a friend. Have a video session with your counselor. Talk to a family member. Remember, what is happening is temporary. There are many things that you cannot control, but there are also many things that you can control.

With love,

Aly Landry, MS, NCC

Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern

Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

National Certified Counselor

(321) 209 2049

aly@renew-counseling.org

www.alylandry.com

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